Wednesday, March 01, 2006

A Look at the Atomic Past

by Kevin Rafferty (II)

Things change a lot in 40 years. Looking at The Atomic Cafe more than 20 years after it was first released is interesting in the way that the context of the 1980s relates to the current context. Consisting of archival footage related to nuclear testing, World War II, and the Cold War, it is still relevant. The world is different again, but the apathy, ignorance and propaganda are still around. The other change is that much of the footage in the film seems more familiar as some of the materials are more available through the Internet Archive. But at the same time, I wonder that if archival documentaries like The Atomic Cafe are as possible now in the age of unreasonable copyright abuse.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you can download original soundtrack here:,+soundtrack+-OST-__2006-02-08_OST_Atomic_Cafe.rar

it was never re-released since 1982 (and never will due to some crazy problems with copyrights). that's why we made a pirated rip-off from original LP. hope you like it.